Live events industry
The UK Government has a proposed a number of changes to the Licensing Act 2003 to reduce drunkeness and alcohol related violence.
- Local authorities will have new powers to refuse, revoke or impose conditions on a licence to combat irresponsible behaviour by bar and club owners – reducing the evidential threshold from ‘necessary’ to ‘appropriate’
- A new local levy to enable local authorities to require business selling alcohol late at night to contribute to policing costs and other costs their trade causes
- Local health authorities will be ‘responsible authorities’ so, for example, a hospital regularly treating victims of alcohol violence from a particular venue could instigate a review of that venue’s licence.
- Hospitals could also share non-personal information concerning assaults and violence
- The strategy also plans to encourage local authorities to use existing powers under the Licensing Act 2003 – such as the offence of knowingly serving someone alcohol who is drunk – there have just been just three convictions for this offence since 2010.
Source: The Magistrate May 2012